Good news: CeCe McDonald has finally been released on bail! After four months of CeCe being unjustly incarcerated, the community has managed to raise enough money to meet bail (after her bail was lowered from $150,000 to $75,000 on the 22nd of September), and she is out! Continue reading
Posted in Society, Trans/Queer, Twin Cities
Tagged CeCe, Chrishaun McDonald, community, criminal legal system, injustice, joy, out of jail, postaday2011, Support CeCe!
One of my very favorite songs is Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” — I’ve had a strong emotional connection to it since my days in high school theatre, and this weekend at my best friend’s wedding, I was reminded how overwhelmingly, exhilaratingly, fantastically wonderful and joyous it can be, as my theatre family and I danced along to it once more.
When my senior year ended, I thought I’d never again have a chance to sing on my high school stage. Theatre was the center of my life in high school, and leaving was one of the hardest adjustments I’ve made. And then I was given a chance to sing on that stage again, with other fellow theatre alums — my theatre family — and it was magic, just like it always was. Continue reading
Posted in Life
Tagged community, concert, family, friends, happiness, high school, joy, life, magic, music, postaday2011, singing, Songs for a New World, stage, theatre
It was the fall of 2004, and I was sitting in the theatre at my high school — my theatre, my second home. For the first time in a very long time, I was sitting in the house — in the audience. It was the teaser for Nickel and Dimed, and we were doing something a little different, which meant that most of the cast wasn’t performing. Darkness was all around, and then a light shone on my friend, sitting high up on the scaffolding with a guitar. My friend began to sing David Gray’s “Silver Lining,” and it felt like magic. There was something so perfect about the moment that it gave me shivers. It just hit me that that was what the audience saw, heard, and felt. And it just meant all the more to me because it wasn’t merely a show I might watch: it was my show and my friends. Continue reading
Posted in Rambles
Tagged anticipation, high school, joy, magic, memories, music, play, postaday2011, shows, singing, song, theatre
Seriously. I know I’ve gone on in the past about various fictional characters and people (David Tennant, Blaine from Glee, Sam Tsui, and the like), but this time, I really mean it. Owen Daniel-McCarter is the most incredible person I’ve ever met (including Dean Spade, and those of you who spent any time near me around the last month or so of my senior year of undergrad know that’s saying a lot). He is just an absolute joy to be around, and he inspires me to be a better person.
Owen founded the Transformative Justice Law Project (TJLP), which provides “free, zealous, life-affirming, and gender-affirming holistic criminal legal services to low-income and street based transgender and gender non-conforming people targeted by the criminal legal system” in the state of Illinois. Continue reading
Posted in Chicago, Life, Trans/Queer
Tagged activism, Chicago, criminal legal system, gender, gender self-determination, inspiring, joy, Owen Daniel-McCarter, passion, postaday2011, prison abolition, prison industrial complex, TJLP, trans, transformative justice, transgender, visionaries
TJLP Attorneys, Interns, and Volunteers at the Name Change Mobilization
Yesterday was such an incredible day. Transformative. Rad. So freaking awesome.
It was the first of TJLP‘s Name Change Mobilizations, and I feel incredibly honored and humbled to work with such a fierce group of activists. Continue reading
Posted in Chicago, Life, Trans/Queer
Tagged activism, Chicago, community, Daley Center, empowerment, identity, joy, legal system, name change, names, Owen Daniel-McCarter, postaday2011, TJLP, trans, transformative justice, transgender
There are certain songs I can’t listen to without thinking of a corresponding memory. It’s not necessarily that the song is particularly fitting — it’s not as though the song would be part of the soundtrack were my life made into a movie. The lyrics don’t always match up to the moment. Still, the song is linked to that memory.
Dar Williams’ “As Cool As I Am” is a pretty much perfect example of what I mean. I adore that song. It is, in many ways, the theme song of my college. It has a special place in my heart for its value to my college community. Although the first time I ever heard the song was when Dar performed it in Goodhart Auditorium right before my freshman year at Bryn Mawr began (pretty awesome introduction, right?), it will alway remind me of May Day at Bryn Mawr.
The May Hole Dance, May Day 2010
Posted in Bryn Mawr College, Music
Tagged BMC, Bryn Mawr, college, Dar Williams, joy, May Day, May Hole Dance, memories, music, postaday2011, Traditions